City Council Meetings for the Week of July 8

A weekly summary of City Council agendas and actions highlighting items of interest to the LWVN.

Board and Committee Meeting Schedule

Extracted from the full City Council calendar.

Key to color coding: CPC, Charter/Elections, Education, Environmental, Finance, Housing, Planning.

July 8 – July 12

Mon, July 8 6:45 pm

7:00 pm

Finance

City Council

211

Chamber

Tues, July 9 7:00 pm Community Preservation Committee

Land Use

Chamber

204

Weds, July 10
Thur, July 11

 

Agendas:

  • 7-8 Finance:  $50,000 for a video distribution system for the Council Chamber
  • 7-8 City Council: City Council will meet in a Committee of the Whole with Public Facilities and Finance for a public hearing on Solar Phase III followed by discussion and possibly vote on items including Solar Phase III, Ordinance amendments for enforcement and fines for sidewalk clearing violations, Resolution in support of the F.U.T.U.R.E. Act (fix gas line leaks),  Ordinance amendments to the Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance full agenda 
  • 7-9 Land Use: agenda
  • 7-9 Community Preservation Committee:  CAN-DO Affordable Housing Portfolio pre-proposal, Allen House funding release, Webster Woods in executive session, full agenda

Reports

  • 6-26 Finance:  Strengthen Plastic bag ordinance Finance Approved 4-0-2 (Cote, Gentile abstaining) ; Fines for Residential Sidewalk Snow Clearing Ordinance Finance Approval as Amended Fails to Carry 3-3 (Ciccone, Gentile, Lappin opposed) full report
  • 6-19 Programs & Services discussion on benefits for elected officials  “There was a concern about the cost of health benefits. The City spends $237K for City Council and School Committee members health insurance, for those who take it. ”  “if the elected official can demonstrate that they work at least 20 hours a week, they would be employees and eligible for benefits. They did not want to start any type of time-keeping mechanism. The President said it is a complicated intersection of City policy and state regulations. School Committee members and Councilors cannot be expected to punch a clock or self-police their time. …. A Councilor reminded the Committee that retirement benefits are offered as well. ”  full report
  • 6-18 Land Use Public Hearing on Northland development “Northland now proposes service to the Newton Highlands MBTA station every 10 minutes, 16 hours a day, 7 days a week. … service will be free for residents, employees, customers, visitors and members of the public…  the system … will not make stops on Needham Street.”  “A Committee member questioned whether the shuttle service will be free in perpetuity. Atty. Schlesinger stated that the petitioner will cover the cost of the shuttle service until a time that the Council determines it is no longer necessary. ”  full report
  • 6-24 Zoning & Planning  Inclusionary Zoning and Short Term Rental ordinances approved with amendments, IZ amendment: ” “and other federal and state funds” be added to Section 5.11.2.1 under definitions of public development funds.” STR amendments:  • Eliminate resident-occupied requirement : DENIED 1-5-0 (Krintzman in favor) • Eliminate cap on allowed number of days: APPROVED 4-1-1 (Danberg opposed; Brousal-Glaser abstaining) • Eliminate cap on allowed number of bedrooms and people: APPROVED 3-1-2 (Albright opposed; Danberg and Brousal-Glaser abstaining) • Make notice to abutters an annual requirement: APPROVED 6-0 • House rules to be filed with City: APPROVED 6-0 • Change definition to be “occupant or guest” for consistency: APPROVED 6-0 • Lose license to operate for 6 months if 3 violations within 6 months: APPROVED 6-0 • $300 a day fine for violations. Enforcement authority would be Inspectional services and the Police Department: APPROVED 6-0 full report
  • 6-25 Land Use  Proposed Riverside Development presentation by Mark Development pages 29-80 full report

Upcoming Public Hearings

  • July 8,  7 pm, City Hall Chambers, Solar Phase III amendment to move Brown’s Solar Canopy to back of building
  • July 24, 7 pm, City Hall Chambers, consideration of the recommendations of the special Blue Ribbon Commission regarding compensation for the Mayor, City Council, and School Committee.

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